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Letter

Sending Office: McGovern, James P.
Sent By:
Harsh.Deshmukh@mail.house.gov

Support the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Funding in FY2021

**This is a programmatic appropriations request**

Deadline to sign onto this letter is Friday, March 6th, at 6pm

Online submission deadline is Friday, March 13th

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join our letter to Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Subcommittee Chairman Serrano and Ranking Member Aderholt urging them to provide at least $154 million in funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
Program in the FY21 CJS Appropriations bill.

The MEP program is a federal public-private partnership that provides small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) technology-based services they need to thrive in today’s economy and create well-paying manufacturing jobs. MEP is managed by the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and implemented through a network of industry-led centers located in every state. MEP centers are not-for-profit corporations that employ industry experts who work directly with manufacturers. Over 99 percent of
manufacturing firms in America are considered small, with less than 500 employees.

As a public-private partnership, MEP delivers a high return on investment to taxpayers.  The Upjohn Institute for Employment Research conducted a study of MEP this past year and found that the program generates a 14.4:1 return on investment.  According to
an annual survey conducted by an independent firm in 2019, MEP clients reported $15.7 billion new and retained sales and the creation or retention of 114,650 jobs.  Considering that the average U.S. manufacturing worker earns more than $87,185 in wages and
benefits per year, MEP clients are economic drivers in their communities.  MEP clients are also increasing their capacity for the production of goods.  MEP clients reported $4.5 billion in new investments directly attributed to their work with MEP. 

To sign on, please fill out this
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. If you have any questions, please contact
Harsh Deshmukh
with Rep. McGovern or
Parker Bennett
with Rep. Mike Kelly.

Sincerely,

 

James P. McGovern                    Mike Kelly

 

 

The Honorable José Serrano                                       The Honorable Robert Aderholt

Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Commerce,                                     Subcommittee on Commerce,

Justice, Science, and Related Agencies                      Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

H-310                                                                          1203 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                                              Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairman Serrano and Ranking Member Aderholt:

As you work to develop the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies appropriations bill, we write to ask for your continued support and increased funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program to $154 million.

The MEP program is the only nationwide network of public-private partnerships that provide technology-based services to small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs), which they use to create good-paying manufacturing jobs.  The MEP centers enable manufacturers
to compete globally by providing access to critical information, training, and technologies that improve efficiency, productivity, and profitability.  

MEP delivers a high return on investment to taxpayers.  The Upjohn Institute for Employment Research conducted a study of MEP and found that the program generates a 14.4:1 return on investment.  According to an annual survey conducted by an independent firm,
MEP clients reported $15.7 billion new and retained sales and the creation or retention of 114,650 jobs in 2019.  Considering that the average U.S. manufacturing worker earns more than $87,185 in wages and benefits per year, MEP clients are economic drivers
in their communities.  MEP clients are also increasing their capacity for the production of goods.  MEP clients reported $4.5 billion in new investments directly attributed to their work with MEP. 

The MEP program’s well-documented impact is substantial.  Since 1988, MEP clients reported 1,221,996 jobs created and retained.  Each of these jobs creates 3.4 full-time additional jobs, totaling more than 3 million additional jobs in local communities. 
The total job impact of the MEP Program generates significant local, state and federal tax revenues.

An increase in funding will allow the program to increase the number of manufacturers receiving MEP services. Specifically, MEP will provide additional services to more companies within critical supply chains, such as automotive, aerospace, and priority
defense sectors that support the growth and technological advancement of our military; develop and deploy new services in key areas such as cyber security, 3-D printing, Industry 4.0, flexible materials, broadband technology, and supply-chain optimization;
and re-double efforts to assist US manufacturers with re-shoring, manufacturing repatriation, and creating domestic supply-chains.

The MEP continues to be a cost-effective, job-creating investment that boosts American manufacturing and competitiveness.  We respectfully request that you provide $154 million in funding for the MEP center network in Fiscal Year 2021. 

 

Sincerely,

 

James P. McGovern                            Mike Kelly

MEMBER OF CONGRESS               MEMBER OF CONGRESS   

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